LOVES PARK, IL - SEPTEMBER 27, 2015 - The Raptors FC U14 girls team began Midwest Regional League play this past weekend, hosting two matches at Sportscore Two.
On Saturday, the team defeated Minnesota Thunder Academy (MN), 1-0 on a penalty kick by Reegan Kingpavong - which proved to be the game-winner. On Sunday, Kingpavong netted the first tally against Woodbury SC Samba (MN) and Brooke Parnello added a second-half goal to secure the 2-1 victory.
The team will travel to Milwaukee (Franklin), WI on October 3-4 for their next three MRL matches - against Wisconsin team - Croatian Eagles, Appleton SC Blue and Waunakee Crush.
LOVES PARK, IL – SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 – The Rockford Raptors FC and the Rangers North American Academy today announced that U12 girls student-athlete Madisyn Smith has been invited to the 2016 Rangers Elite Academy, held in Glasgow, Scotland in the spring of 2016.
Smith participated in the Rangers’ ID camp earlier this year and was identified as one of the candidates that exceeded the standards set forth by the Rangers’ coaching staff. Smith is coached on her U12 team by Jason Parsons.
“We are honored and excited to partner with such a prestigious club as the Glasgow Rangers,” said Rockford Raptors Director of Coaching Hugh Ward. “Having a player like Madisyn exposed to the Rangers coaching philosophy is definitely a huge win for everyone.”
Good luck Madisyn on your trip to Scotland!
LOVES PARK, IL – September 24, 2015 - Rockford Raptors U14 student-athlete Reegan Kingpaong has been selected for the United States Youth Soccer Association’s Region II ODP (Olympic Development Program) team, which will compete in Boca Raton, FL, November 20-26, 2015. She is one of 18 players chosen to compete against teams from all four US regions, and one of four from Illinois.
Reegan first started playing soccer for the Rockford Raptors FC when she was eight years old. This is her first season competing for an ODP roster slot, which conducts training and tryout sessions most of the winter season. The first step is to be selected to represent Illinois on the state select team; players are then chosen for a regional pool, which consists of the best players from the region’s 14 state squads. From there, only 18 are chosen to travel to Boca for the Thanksgiving event.
“ODP motivates me to work hard and be the best player for my age group and also to represent my club,” says Kingpavong. “Playing with different girls from different clubs makes me realized that I have to work really hard in order for me to reach my goal, which is to make it to the National team. Since being in ODP, I learned that hard work does pay off. I learned that I have to work really hard with everything, in order for me to reach my dream, which is to be a professional soccer player and hopefully one day I can be play with the National teams.”
Reegan likes the intensive training sessions that ODP provides, meeting new coaches, playing with and meeting new soccer players from different clubs.
Good luck Reegan in Boca Raton!
LOVES PARK, IL - September 13, 2015 - Midwest Regional League play started for many teams this weekend and for the Rockford Raptors U13 and U16 teams, it was a very good start.
The U13 girls team won three matches, defeating Schwaben Nationals (IL), Madison FC (WI), and North Shore United (WI) by the scores of 2-0, 5-0 and 3-0 respectively. The team sits atop the U13G First Division Central Blue Standings. They will travel to St. Louis, MO on Oct. 17 for their next matches.
The U16 girls team built a 3-0 lead in the first half of their contest and held off Brookfield Red (WI) for a 3-2 win. They resume play again next week with contests against Shattuck-St. Mary's (MN) and Milwaukee Bavarians (WI) at Sportscore Two. The Raptors U14 girls team begins their MRL play on September 26 at Sportscore Two.
The Midwest Regional League is the highest level of play for the USYSA (United States Youth Soccer Association) in Region II which is composed of fourteen midwestern states.
LOVES PARK, IL - September 7, 2015 - It was another busy weekend for the Rockford Raptors FC teams as the Club hosted the PUMA Labor Day Cup and College Showcase at Sportscore Two in Loves Park, IL. Over 130 teams competed in the two-day event.
Six Raptors teams were crowned as Champions: Raptors U11 Girls, Raptors U14 Boys, Raptors U13 Girls, Raptors U10 Boys, Raptors U14 Girls and Raptors U16 Girls. Three other Raptors teams were finalists: Raptors U12 Boys, Raptors U12 Girls and Raptors U8 Junior Boys. the U13 Boys were knocked out in the Semi-finals of there bracket. The Raptors U12 Boys captured finalist in the U12/U13 bracket.
Raptors U16 Girls claim top spot in the U16 Showcase Pool. With a total of four wind in two days, Hugh Ward's U16 team earned the most points in the group with two wins (Appleton SC 3-1 and TCSA Premier Black 3-0) and two draws (Brookfield Soccer Association 1-1 and Wisconsin Rush 1-1).
"We are very happy that all of our teams competed well throughout the event," said Frank Mateus, Rockford Raptors Director of Coaching. "While it is early in the season, each team is working well together and the kids are really developing. This tournament is a great chance for our club to start the fall season."
U14 Raptors Girls Champions
U8 Raptor Junior Boys Finalists
U14 Raptors Boys Champions
U10 Raptors Boys Champions
U12 Raptor Boys Finalists
U12 Raptors Girls Finalists
U13 Raptors Girls Champions
U11 Raptors Girls Champions
LOVES PARK, IL – Rockford Raptors FC youth teams had a busy weekend in the Chicagoland suburbs, winning four championships on Sunday afternoon – just as their fall schedule kicks into gear. Celebrating these crowns were the U10 boys, U12 girls, U13 girls and U15 girls.
The U10 boys breezed through pool play at the TCSA (Tri Cities Soccer Association) Classic Cup held in St. Charles, IL. They defeated Rock Run SC (8-0), TCSA Lightning (8-0) and Fox Valley Bayern Munich (8-0), and bested Fox Valley Bayern Munich 4-2 for the title. All of the players scored at least one goal in the tournament. The team is coached by Marco Junod.
The U12 girls did not allow a goal in four matches, topping Peak Soccer Academy U13 girls 2-0, Fusion U13 Premier 1-0 and drawing with Team Elmhurst Select U13s 0-0. The final saw a rematch with Fusion U13 Premier with the Raptors coming out on top 1-0 on a goal by Madeline Martinez. Haley Massari registered four clean sheets over the course of the weekend. The team is coached by Jason Parsons
Both the Raptor girls U13s and U15s played at the annual Kickers United SC Back to School Classis, held in Elgin, IL. The U13 girls ran through the top U13 pool by defeating CSA (2-1), Kickers United FC (2-1) and TCSA Tigers (2-1). The final saw the Raptors notching another win over CSA 6-1.
The U15 girls played in the U16 flight and posted clean sheets in the first two contests with wins over Villadolid and Premier SC Black by scores of 2-0 and 4-0 respectively. Their final pool match saw physical play take afoot in a 2-2 draw with NIFC, however the Raptors were able to battle to a 2-0 win in the final. Both teams are coached by Frank Mateus and Brad Blecker. Danny Zambrano was also coaching the U15 Girls team this weekend with all the conflicts.
Raptor teams will see action this Labor Day weekend, at the Club hosts the 2015 PUMA Labor Day Cup and College Showcase at ISC/Sportscore Two in Loves Park, IL September 4th through the 6th. Over 130 teams from the Midwest are slated to play in the event.
U10 boys - TCSA Classic Cup Champions
Girls U12 TCSA Classic Cup Champs
U13 girls - Kickers United / Back to School Champions
U15 girls - Kickers United / Back to School Champions
LOVES PARK, IL – The Rockford Raptors FC U13 Select Girls captured the Crystal Lake Force Tournament August 21-23, going undefeated in all four matches, defeating Palatine Celtic SC Select 3-1 in the final. Multiple goals by Breanna Culver and Madeline Martinez propelled the Raptors through pool play, defeating Palatine Select SC, Crystal Lake Force Select and McHenry Soccer U13 Viper Girls by the scores of 6-1, 4-1 and 3-3 respectively. Carina Colletti and Martinez each had goals in the final. The team is coached by Danny Zambrano
Crystal Lake Tournament Champions
NEW YORK, NY - July 19, 2015 - The Rockford Raptors U16 boys team traveled to New York to compete in the prestigious New York Cup, a showcase which accepts only 150 teams from around the globe and draws over 150 college coaches.
The Raptors got off to a great start to the NYC Cup, edging out 1-0 win over Hauppauge FC (NY-E). The loan goal was scored by Tigrio Huerta and assisted by gk Ruben Cisneros.
The team then squared off against FC Copa (NJ) and stepped up their game in the second half, topping the opponents 5-0 with goals from Connor McGarry Leo Marquez and Tony Diaz (3). Stellar defense helped to deliver a clean sheet for Ruben Cisneros.
The final match on Sunday saw a 1-1 draw versus 99 Rangers Premier (UT). The NYC Cup is played on Randall's Island in the East River, between East Harlem, the South Bronx and Astoria Queens. Congrats to the student-athletes and coach Vee Jeremovic!
July 12, 2015 - JOLIET, IL - The Rockford Raptors U16 Boys team swept all three matches in front of over 55 college coaches at the Chicago Inter College showcase this past weekend in nearby Crest Hill, IL.
The team defeated FC United Cedar Rapids (IA), Indiana Elite (IN) and the host team from Chicago Inter, scoring 16 goals and only allowing two for the weekend. Congratulations to coach Vee Jeremovic and the entire team!
The Chicago Inter College Showcase draws teams from 11 states and Canada and college coaches from the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA ranks.
July 12, 2015 - LOVES PARK, IL - The Rockford Raptors FC announced today that thirty six student-athletes have accepted soccer scholarships to play at the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA collegiate levels for the 2015-16 season.
"These student-athletes have done a tremendous job developing not only in soccer, but they have many successes off the field in their respective schools and within their communities, said Frank Mateus, Rockford Raptors FC Director of Coaching. “We have thoroughly enjoyed having them in our program and wish them nothing but the best as their college careers develop.”
Please join us for a signing event on Wednesday, July 15 at 5:30 p.m. at ISC.
July 14, 2015 - LOVES PARK, IL - The Illinois ODP (Olympic Development Program) made its annual stop at ISC/Sportscore Two, as several Raptors teams helped to fill brackets in the 14-state regional competition.
The U13 boys, U14 boys, u17/18 boys (pool), u15 girls and u17/18 girls (pool) squared off against USYSA Region II's best competition at the state level - in the competition which took place over the past week.
"Having our student-athletes compete at this level was good for everyone," said Frank Mateus, Rockford Raptors Director of Coaching. "It gave our kids an opportunity to see quality competition while at the same time helping the Illinois and Region II ODP program fill out brackets in their tournament."
The Raptors placed several players on Illinois State-select teams: Lauren Phillips (99G), Brinley Hefty (01G), Julia Barenbaum (01G), Delores Apreda (00G), Aidan Westerberg (02B) and Cooper Jeremovic (00B).
Reegan Kingpavong and Aryana Purifoy from the Raptors U13 girls team were selected to participate in the Regional invite-only events which take place at ISC until Thursday.
July 12, 2015 - JOLIET, IL - Five Raptors FC teams competed in the third annual Chicago Inter College Showcase, July 10-12 in Crest Hill (Joliet), IL. The U15 Boys, U16 Boys, U14 Girls, U15 Girls and U17/18 Girls (pool) teams showcased their talent in front of over 55 college coaches.
"This is a really good event for our student-athletes who are looking to play at the college level," said Frank Mateus, Rockford Raptors Director of Coaching. "For the younger kids, it gives them an opportunity to get on the radar so to speak and for the older kids, it is another time to show how they have developed since they were seen before."
The Chicago Inter College Showcase draws teams from 11 states and Canada and college coaches from the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA ranks. Some Raptors FC teams will now head to the College Search Kickoff in Muscatine, IA on July 23-24 (girls) and July 25-26 (boys).
Frank Mateus - FrankMateus3@gmail.com
Hugh Ward - Shuggy6@comcast.net
Keegan Minks passed away on July 7th. He was 21.
Keegan was a member of the 93/94 Raptors team.
Our sympathies and prayers are with his family at this sad time.
The funeral service is on Monday July 13th.
See Obituary below for more details.
Raptors have signed a partnership agreement with Glasgow Rangers North American Academy. See attached press release.
Please vist the Glasgow Rangers web site for more club details.
Are you interested in joining the Rockford Raptors and missed tryouts? It may not be too late! Please contact one of our Directors for information.
Frank Mateus - FrankMateus3@gmail.com
Hugh Ward - Shuggy6@comcast.net
Congratulations to the following players who have committed to play college soccer.
Girl's 2015 Graduates
Taylor Sarver: Northern Illinois University (NCAA Division 1)
Elizabeth Parrilli: Depaul University (NCAA Division 1)
Allyson Hayner: IPFW (NCAA Division 1)
Taylor Howe: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (NCAA Division1)
Mariah Katzenberger: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (NCAA Division1)
Leigha Crowder: Robert Morris University Chicago (NAIA)
Shelby Seiter: Robert Morris University Chicago (NAIA)
Reyna Ortega: Robert Morris University Chicago (NAIA)
Ivanna Chavez: Cardinal Stritch University (NAIA)
Lexi Zambrano: Trinity Christian College (NAIA)
Dani Dahl: Coe College (NCAA III)
Haley Grunewald: Augustana College (NCAA III)
Elizabeth Martinez: Augustana College (NCAA III)
Maria "Suzy" Pelayo: Parkland College Cobras (NJCAA Division 1)
Ana Victorov: University of Dubuque (NCAA III)
Kirsten Pontius: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (NCAA III)
Taylor Joiner: Aurora University (NCAA III)
Boy's 2015 Graduates
Adem Dzananovic: Loyola University Chicago (NCAA Division 1)
Nathan Wisbey: University of Dayton (NCAA Division 1)
Matt Huftalin: University of Wisconsin - Platteville (NCAA Division III)
Diego Garcia: St.Francis University -(NAIA)
Yair Ortega: Benedictine University (NCAA Division III)
Keegan Dolphin: North Park University (NCAA Division III)
Jose Barrio: North Park University (NCAA Division III)
Tristan Davenport: Luther College (NCAA Division III)
Dante Euell: St.Ambrose University (NAIA)
Gio Martinez: Ashford University (NAIA)
Angel Carreno: Elmhurst College (NCAA Division III)
Anthony Deseno: North Park University (NCAA Division III)
Adam Pearson: Carleton College (NCAA Division III)
Ricky Rubio: Rock Valley CC (NJCAA)
Alexis Galves: Rock Valley CC (NJCAA)
Nick Krahmer: Rock Vally CC (NJCAA)
Ryan Blackburn: Illinois Institute of Technology (NAIA)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) released the All-American teams for the 2014 season on Monday (Dec. 8) afternoon.
Sophomore defender Fernando Machado and freshman midfielder Casey Culver became the first players in Ashford program history to be named NAIA First Team All-Americans. The duo was joined among those honored by junior forward Adam Wood, who collected NAIA Second Team All-American honors.
Please see below for the Raptors FC outline of programs available for yor child. Contact us with any questions you may have.
Thank you, Raptors FC Staff
Dr. Milos practices orthopaedic surgery at Swedish American Hospital. He specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. He completed his medical school and residency program at Northwestern University in Chicago. He then went on and completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Baylor University in Houston.
Dr. Milos has been involved in soccer since his youth. He played soccer through college and officiated at the collegiate level. He was also the team physician for the Rockford Rampage during their tenure in Rockford.
He looks forward to working with the players, coaches, and staff. Dr. Milos can be reached at:
•More than 200 former Raptor Players have gone on to play at the College level.
•3 former players now play in the MLS
•Currently More ODP Players than any other local Club
•More National Team players come from Raptors FC than any other local Club
•TopDrawerSoccer.com has listed 2 Raptors FC players on the Top 100 players in the Country
•Only Player from Rockford named to ESPN’s Rize All Chicago Team
•Only local Club to have players selected to All-Midwest Regional Team
•Entire Coaching staff is certified and licensed while more Raptors Coaches hold advanced diploma‘s and more Licensed "A" coaches than any other local club.
•Average tenure for a Raptors Coach is more than 6 years with the Club and many have been with the Club since the inception.
•National Champions (2 times)
•National Runner-up 2004 and 2005
•Regional Champions (5 Times)
•Establishedin 1994 as one professional team in the former USISL (now called USL, a second divisionleague below MLS) with the help of Dr. Wedgbury and established Youth system shortly thereafter. Doing so with the sole purpose of creating quality soccer training opportunity for Rockford’s youth. Later was the backing for establishing ISC and Sportscore Two as The premier Soccer Facility in the Country.
•Annually provides more than $70,000 in scholarships and financial aid for players.
•Annually provides recreational leagues for more than 2,000 kids
•ONLY Local Club that have participated in MRL (boys & Girls) since its inception.
•Established and continues to host one of the most successful and sought after tournaments in the Midwest and Country as The Puma Cup hosts more than 680 teams annually over 2 weekends in April.
•Established and hired a Full-time Professional Athletic Trainer. To continue to raise and set the bar for other Clubs to try and copy but not duplicate. The ONLY local Club to do so.
•2009 Raptors named as PUMA Premier ClubThe Rockford Raptors have received the designation as a Puma Premier Club. They join an elite group of clubs from across the nation: Sacramento United (Sacramento, Ca), Les Bois SC (Boise, ID), Southern California Blues (Costa Mesa, CA), Albion SC (San Diego, Ca), TSF Academy (Lincoln Park, NJ), Brooklyn Italians, (New York, NY), Charlotte United (Charlotte, NC) and Snohomish United (Snohomish, WA)
Passion, Dedication, Loyalty and Honor
Rockford Raptors FC